Safran Passenger Innovations (SPI) has revealed details about its new RAVE Ultra plus next-generation in-flight entertainment system.
The system is powered by RAVE OS, an open software platform that allows third parties to develop applications that can be seamlessly run on RAVE, giving airlines the ability to control their own IFE features.
The next generation of RAVE 4K Ultra High-Definition displays feature mini LED technology and will be available in early 2025 for premium cabins. According to SPI, Mini LED offers exceptional brightness and contrast, in addition to zone dimming technology for truer blacks, supporting High Dynamic Range (HDR) content.
Matt Smith, CEO of Safran Passenger Innovations, said: “SPI stands behind its ability to provide IFE systems that will stand the test of time. RAVE first-generation systems are still flying today, 12 years after they were first introduced, offering the same quality of experience from when they were installed. We specifically selected mini LED technology to ensure we can continue to offer this same outstanding performance for our customers and an incredible passenger experience.”
RAVE Ultra plus also uses up to 21% less power than its predecessor, RAVE Ultra. However, it provides passengers with all the power needed to charge all their personal devices in all cabin classes. The unique solution achieves this by providing only the power that is required as opposed to a guaranteed maximum power output at every outlet.
SPI says that, depending on the aircraft configuration, RAVE Ultra plus represents up to 23% weight savings over its predecessor RAVE Ultra. This is achieved by using smaller and lighter line replaceable units and optimising cable weights by reducing the number of wires.
The RAVE Ultra plus core product incorporates a lightweight DC seat power system that powers the in-seat RAVE IFE system and provides up to 60W USB fast charging per passenger. In addition, SPI has developed an innovative new product that allows AC power in economy to be selected as an option. The solution is deployed by distributing AC power directly to AC outlets located in every seat from a small number of power distribution points located throughout the cabin, resulting in an industry-first solution to offer AC power in every seat without the need for an AC Seat Power Box in every seat group.
SPI says it is currently working with Amazon Web Services to bring the latest cloud technologies into the RAVE ecosystem, which will be enabled both on the ground and on the aircraft to form the core of the next generation of RAVE OS.